- violent or furious (esp in the phrase tearing hurry or rush)
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- Pathology, Physiologyshedding tears.
- bef. 1000; Old English tæherende (not recorded in Middle English); see tear1, -ing2
tear•ing2 (târ′ing),USA pronunciation adj.
- violent or hasty:with tearing speed.
- tear2 + -ing2 1600–10